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South America

El Nino 2015 could be even bigger than 1997-98, experts say 

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NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) latest El Niño update on their ENSO blog details data showing that the 2015 El Niño is shaping up to be an all-time climate event—and suggests it could be the “Bruce Lee” of El Niños. Putting something on par with Bruce Lee—especially when it’s coming from a government agency—is not to be taken lightly. […]

Three adventures to add to your Portillo ski trip 

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New this season, Portillo skiers and snowboarders can book mini ski weeks, three- or four-night stays with the same all-inclusive components as a typical, seven-day ski week. For American travelers, these mini weeks unlock a lot of itinerary options on a 10-day getaway. If you can escape for two weeks, the Andes hold endless adventures! Portillo […]

A guide to Santiago, a colorful Chile ski-trip stopover 

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Whether you’re skiing at Valle Nevado or Portillo this summer, you’re going to be traveling through Chile’s bustling, colorful capital: Santiago. An interesting city that dates back to 1541, Santiago is a mixing pot of indigenous, Old World Spanish and contemporary cultures. Both seasoned globetrotters and first-time international travelers will find that Santiago and the […]

Comparing Chile’s iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado and Portillo 

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To a North America skier, a Chilean ski vacation is otherworldly. Ski resorts are set high in the Andes, above treeline and surrounded by dramatic ridge lines where condors hover and sunsets splash vibrant hues against snowfields. If you’re considering a Chilean ski vacation, read this guide comparing two of the most iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado […]

Video: See all the #GoggleSelfie Submissions 

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Narrowing down our #GoggleSelfie Photo Contest submission to just 21 entries was a very hard task… We received so many great selfies that made us want to slap on a pair of goggles, crack a smile and go skiing! [UPDATE: This sweepstakes is now over. In May and June, we asked you to cast your vote […]

Will El Nino Snow Hit South America? 

Will El Nino snow hit South America?

If you’ve ever experienced an El Nino snow storm then you understand why the weather-forecast rumor mill has been working overtime. Whispers of El Nino have been circulating among weather junkies as well as skiers and snowboarders this spring, and one question is on all our minds: will El Nino bring above-average snowfall to South American ski […]

Resort guide: Valle Nevado two ways 

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Family vs. Adventure We tapped two of our South America Vacation Specialists to share some of their vast Valle Nevado vacation expertise for our resort guide on where families and adventure-seekers should stay, eat and ski. Here is what they had to say… Family Ski Trip Silvana Cura Mountain Vacation Specialist Since 2013 800-610-8911 x3351 […]

Valle Nevado photo contest 

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There’s a better way to keep your goggle tan this summer, and we’re sending one lucky skier or snowboarder to South America to do just that… We’re excited to announce the top five #GoggleSelfie Photo Contest entries and the winner of our grand prize ski trip in Valle Nevado, Chile! The people have spoken, and […]